Thursday, October 2, 2014

Books to Movies Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to my stop on the Books to Movies Giveaway Hop hosted by Mary at Book Hounds and Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

This hop features books that have been made into movies, television series, etc. I have a lot of favorites, but today I'm going to be giving away a lonely little book that's been sitting at my house for ages that I'll doubtfully ever get around to reading.

What You Can Win

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: MTV Books (Simon & Schuster)
Release Date: February 1999

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares.

Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.


I realize that I'm one of the last people on the planet who hasn't yet read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so you may choose to win a $10 Amazon giftcard instead.

Winner must be 13 years of age or have parental permission to enter.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blog Tour (Guest Post): Come Dancing by Leslie Wells

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Guest Post

Clubs in NYC and Publishing in the 80s
Leslie Wells

My novel, Come Dancing, is about a young woman who works in book publishing, and who meets a famous British rock guitarist. Their relationship is the epitome of the saying, “Opposites attract”. Many readers have commented on how they’ve enjoyed the sizzle and humor in the book, and how the sparks fly off the pages. The 1981 New York City setting intrigues people too!

I began writing Come Dancing in 2009, on the thirtieth anniversary of my arrival in Manhattan. I wanted to describe what it was like in the early Eighties, when the city was still rough along the edges. And when nightclubs like the Palladium, the Roxy, Danceteria, and the Mudd Club attracted a huge mix of people from many different strata of society.

Back then, you could go out dancing and run into just about anyone: actors, politicians, rock musicians. Celebrities weren’t surrounded by bodyguards; the assumption was that if you were allowed into a club, you were cool. No one was going to harass anybody; after all, this was downtown. And there were no cell phones back then. People didn’t walk around with a camera in their pockets 24/7—so if you were famous, you didn’t have to worry about being photographed every time you turned around. That made for a much more open atmosphere, where regular people rubbed shoulders with the glitterati as everyone cut loose on the dance floor. (True story: once I went to a rock concert at Radio City, and three days later I met the lead singer at a party. He was obnoxious!)

I also wanted to write about book publishing before the advent of e-readers and computers, when we were all lugging home 400-page manuscripts every night. As with the music biz, the changes have been seismic. I have been a book editor for over thirty years; for several decades as an acquiring in-house editor in New York City, and now I have my own editing business. Over the years, many people have asked me what editorial meetings are really like—so I’ve included some of those in my novel.

I hope that you’ll enjoy Come Dancing! I love hearing what readers think, so please email me at I’m currently working on a sequel, and it’s helpful to hear what readers want to see more of, or perhaps less of in the next novel, which picks up where Come Dancing left off.

Leslie Wells

Leslie Wells left her small Southern town in 1979 for graduate school in Manhattan, after which she got her first job in book publishing. She has edited forty-eight New York Times bestsellers in her over thirty-year career, including thirteen number one New York Times bestsellers. Leslie has worked with numerous internationally known authors, musicians, actors, actresses, television and radio personalities, athletes, and coaches. She lives on Long Island, New York.

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About Come Dancing

Title: Come Dancing
Leslie Wells
Publisher: Allium Press
Release Date: June 8, 2014

Julia is a book-loving publisher’s assistant. Jack is a famous British rock star. “Opposites attract” is an understatement.

It’s 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has recently arrived in Manhattan, where she works as a publisher’s assistant. She dreams of becoming an editor with her own stable of bestselling authors—but it is hard to get promoted in the recession-clobbered book biz.

Julia blows off steam by going dancing downtown with her best friend, Vicky. One night, a hot British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack chooses Julia as his girl for the evening—and when Jack Kipling picks you, you go with it. The trouble is … he’s never met a girl like her before. And she resists being just one in a long line.

Jack exposes her to new experiences, from exclusive nightclubs in SoHo to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood; from mind-bending recording sessions to wild backstage parties. Yet Julia is afraid to fall for him. Past relationships have left her fragile; one more betrayal just might break her.

As she fends off her grabby boss and tries to move up the corporate ladder, Julia’s torrid relationship with Jack takes her to heights she’s never known—and plunges her into depths she’s never imagined.

With a fascinating inside look at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman’s adventures with a rock superstar is witty, moving, and toe-curlingly steamy.

Praise for Come Dancing

“Leslie Wells brings to life all the eclectic, edgy style of New York City at the dawn of the 1980s as she spins a story of spine-tingling romance and the complex issues that can threaten a relationship. Through her effervescent writing style she catapults the reader into a world of excess and indulgence, while delving into some honest and heartfelt struggles along the way. … Come Dancing is a love story with lots of heart and plenty of heat.” —Casee Marie, Literary Inklings Book Reviews

“5 Blushing Stars!! Come Dancing is quite the story. I loved this story and could not put it down. I got lost in the story, imagining the rock stars and their groupies partying it up, while finding themselves and falling in love. Opposites certainly do attract and make for an explosive time! You will love the many layers of Jack; you will also want to smack him at times too. Julia will have you rooting for the underdog and wishing she had a better clothes fund :) Through it all, the many naysayers and people out to split them up, they make it work! Fate seems to finally take its stand and allows for this fairytale story to end the way it should—hot, sexy and combustible!” –Kellie, Blushing Divas Book Reviews

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 8
Review at Blushing Divas Book Reviews

Tuesday, September 9
Review & Giveaway at SOS Aloha

Wednesday, September 10
Spotlight & Excerpt at What’s On the Bookshelf

Thursday, September 11
Spotlight at Sizzling Hot Books

Friday, September 12
Review & Giveaway at The Boyfriend Bookmark

Monday, September 15
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, September 16
Review at Tea Cups and Book Love
Review, Interview & Giveaway at A Dirty Book Review

Wednesday, September 17
Interview at Romance Book Junkies

Thursday, September 18
Review & Excerpt at Shelly’s Book Blog

Friday, September 19
Review at Must Read Books or Die

Tuesday, September 23
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, September 24
Review at Book Nerd

Thursday, September 25
Spotlight & Giveaway at Paranormal Book Club

Sunday, September 28
Review at Devilishly Delicious Book Blog

Monday, September 29
Review at Lustful Literature

Wednesday, October 1
Guest Post at Bibliophilia, Please
Spotlight at Layered Pages

Monday, October 6
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Review & Excerpt at Jorie Loves a Story

Tuesday, October 7
Review at Turning the Pages
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Wednesday, October 8
Review at The Life & Times of a Book Addict

Friday, October 10
Review at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Tuesday, October 14
Review & Excerpt at Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks

Wednesday, October 22
Interview at Room with Books

Thursday, October 23
Review at Lusty Penguin Reviews

Monday, October 27
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Tuesday, October 28
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, October 30
Review at The Danish Bookaholic

Waiting on Wednesday (74): The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Melissa Grey
Publisher: Delacorte Press (Random House)
Release Date: April 28, 2015

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

So, this sounds a lot like the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, except set in New York instead of Prague. The U.K. or, at least the non U.S., cover just released, and it is MUCH better than the U.S. cover. I LOVE how simple yet beautiful it is. And that writing in the black is genius.

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Books That Need MORE Attention Giveaway Hop (US)


Welcome to my stop on the Books That Need MORE Attention Giveaway Hop hosted by the wonderful Valerie at Stuck in Books. This time I'm featuring a book that I feel should get some more hype leading up to its release.

In my recent stop on the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop, Stitching Snow did not get a third of the attention that the other two books received. That totally should not be the case because it was a fantastic book that you should be excited about reading, especially if you like books similar to Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. (No, it's not a knock-off.)

You can find my review of Stitching Snow HERE.

What You Can Win

Title: Stitching Snow
R.C. Lewis
Publisher: Hyperion (Disney)
Release Date: October 14, 2014

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.


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Blog Tour (Review & Giveaway): Made for You by Melissa Marr


Title: Made for You
Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Acquired Via: TLC Book Tours

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she's confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why?

It seems impossible that anyone would have it out for the town darling. Thanks to her family's distinguished history and her own unassailable reputation in old-money Jessup, Eva is universally liked. But she has little time to consider the question when she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her.

Eva is struggling to understand just what these visions mean when a slew of murders takes place back home. The victims, all classmates, are discovered alongside eerie messages that tie the incidents to her. There is a killer on the loose, and he is after Eva.

While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old friend, reappears. The two traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the determined killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive Melissa Marr's racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation.

My Review

I haven't had luck with the two Melissa Marr books that I've read in the past, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read Made for You because of, let's be honest, that cover. I hate flying things, but that gilded bug from Hell drew my eye and kept me thinking about it. I'm pretty sure it's a locust, but WHY IS IT IN A RING BOX?!

This, kids, is how you use a bug effectively on a book cover.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were Hard For Me To Read


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Nine Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I think this took me almost an entire year to finish, which considering I normally finish books within 2 or 3 days, is ridiculous. I tried everything - print, ebook, audio. I just can't stand epistolary novels. It's why I had a hard time finishing Dracula and one of the reasons I'm stalled in the middle of Frankenstein (but seriously Frankenstein is the monster, even if he is the doctor).

2. Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1) by Stacia Kane

Chess is one of my least favorite heroines, and the narrator made this worse because she made Chess' voice very high pitch and whiny. I did give this another shot, and the series gets better around book 3.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: Feuds by Avery Hastings

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Title: Feuds (Feuds #1)
Avery Hastings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Macmillan)
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Acquired Via: Around the World ARC Tours

In this breathless story of impossible love, perfection comes at a deadly cost.

For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally living up to her mother’s legacy when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears.

Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an underground fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole has every reason to hate Davis—her father’s campaign hinges on the total segregation of the Imps and Priors—but despite his best efforts, Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him.

Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold--and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her Avery Hastings's Feuds.

My Review

I'm going to give you my thoughts of Feuds via a little story.

Once upon a time, there was a perfect princess ballerina named Davis. She was a poor little rich girl because she had no mother. She met a boy at a party and made out with him. That boy was Cole. He is poor and cage fights for money. From that first kiss, it was love for them both. See Exhibit A:
The thought of her sick, suffering ... it was almost more than he could take. The idea that it could happen shredded him. There was no reason for this reaction; he barely knew her at all, but he couldn't get her out of his head. The worst was the physical ache he'd felt when he saw her - the need to protect her, to wrap his arms around her and pull her to him, where she'd be safe in his arms. It was a compulsion he'd barely been able to control. — Cole, Page 67

Review: In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis


Title: In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2)
Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Acquired Via: Edelweiss

The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.

My Review

In a Handful of Dust is the companion to Not a Drop to Drink. It makes more sense as a companion, because although it contains the same characters, Lynn and Lucy (and others by the pond) are much changed in the ten or so years since the events of Not a Drop to Drink. Lynn is a grown woman, and Lucy is a teenager, no longer a small child.